Unfortunately, the rise of digital entrepreneurship has not kept pace with proper cybersecurity standards. Digital business owners need to worry about a multitude of things before they think about phishing and anti-virus software.
Cybersecurity is a science in itself, but you don’t have to be an expert to keep your digital business safe from hackers. Instead, let’s talk about the steps you can take right now to keep your digital business secure.
1. Take care of your credentials
Your first bastion of defense is good password hygiene. This is what hackers will look for first. Lack of strong passwords on your digital tools and accounts is a sure way to have them stolen. To keep your accounts secure, here’s what you need to remember:
- Make your password complex and unique – combine letters, special characters and numbers.
- Don’t reuse old passwords, even if it seems convenient.
- Make a habit of checking for recent data breaches. If you discover that your password has been compromised, change it immediately.
2. Use the power of cloud data storage
Cloud storage isn’t just about convenience – your sensitive information also benefits from multiple layers of protection. In the cloud, your data is protected both physically (dedicated cloud servers) and digitally (encryption). So not only do you access your data from around the world, but you can also store it in one of the safest ways possible.
3. Don’t overdo it with digital tools
As a digital business owner, you probably use digital tools every day. After all, you need quality software for invoicing, project management, outreach, social media scheduling, and more. If you manage to get the most out of these apps, great. But, rushing to cover everything, business owners tend to install all sorts of tools that are only used once, if ever.
It’s up to you to draw a healthy line between “I need this tool” and “OK, I don’t need a 3rd data visualization app”. The more apps you have, the higher the chances of your data being compromised.
4. Protect yourself on the go too
As a digital businessman, you have the privilege of working on the go. You have your laptop/tablet to work on, and all your data is in the cloud so you can use it wherever you are. But, if you’re doing all of this on public Wi-Fi, you need to be extra careful.
There are several ways for a hacker to use public networks to reach and grab your data. However, some proactive measures can help you avoid all of this:
- Never leave your device unattended in public areas. If you do, be sure to lock it down.
- Use 2FA whenever possible. Bonus points if you enable biometrics.
- Avoid sending/receiving sensitive information over public WiFi. This includes medical data, banking, sharing credentials, etc.
- Use a VPN to encrypt all communication between your device and the public Wi-Fi network.
5. Familiarize yourself with cybersecurity threats
The least invasive thing you can do in the long run is to stay in the know. If you keep up to date with malware/scams targeting companies in your industry, you will know how to better protect your digital assets.
If you manage a team, you should invest in cybersecurity training. After all, most hacks and data breaches are due to human error.
You don’t have to break the bank to keep your business safe in the digital world. Ultimately, it’s about staying alert and adapting to the standards of your industries.
To sum up, use strong passwords, don’t overdo it with digital tools, store your data in the cloud, be very careful with public WiFi when working remotely, and stay informed of the latest threats in your niche.
Stay safe and good luck with your business endeavors!